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Chancellor of North Carolina university is second candidate for Buffalo State presidency

A biologist currently serving as chancellor of the University of North Carolina Wilmington is among the five candidates being considered for the presidency of SUNY Buffalo State.

Gary L. Miller, chief executive officer since 2011 of the university of 14,152 students, will be introduced to the Buffalo State campus community today during a series of meetings, as well as an open forum from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. in Warren Enters Theater.

Miller, 60, is the second of the five candidates to be identified. Susan D. Phillips, provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University at Albany, was on campus April 21.

The committee conducting the search is releasing the name of each finalist the day before the scheduled interview date to help ensure confidentiality as long as possible. Interviews with the other finalists will continue through May 13.

Miller also is one of three finalists for the president’s job at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

Miller was provost and vice president for academic affairs and research at Wichita State University from 2006 to 2011.

A 1976 graduate of the College of William and Mary, Miller received his master’s degree in 1979 from his alma mater and a doctoral degree in biological sciences in 1982 from Mississippi State University, where he also began his academic career as a research associate and assistant professor.

He moved on to Weber State University and then to the University of Mississippi, where he was a member of the biology faculty from 1988 to 2002. He served as department chairman from 1995 to 2002. Miller left Mississippi to become dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at University of the Pacific from 2002 to 2006.

Howard Cohen, chancellor emeritus at Purdue University Calumet in Indiana, has been serving as interim president at Buffalo State since last August while a 22-member search committee looks for a permanent replacement for the late Aaron M. Podolefsky.